Articles | Volume 15, issue 15
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 8679–8694, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-15-8679-2015
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 8679–8694, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-15-8679-2015

Research article 07 Aug 2015

Research article | 07 Aug 2015

On the link between hygroscopicity, volatility, and oxidation state of ambient and water-soluble aerosols in the southeastern United States

K. M. Cerully et al.

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The hygroscopicity of SE US aerosol is mostly water-soluble, with a hygroscopicity that is insensitive to partial volatilization in a thermodenuder. The most and least oxidized components of the aerosol are the most hygroscopic of organic constituents. No clear relationship was found between organic aerosol hygroscopicity and oxygen-to-carbon ratio. The aerosol factors covary in a way that induces the observed diurnal invariance in total organic hygroscopicity.
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